Romans 12:3 (BBE)
3 But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, …
Proverbs 21:2 (AMP)
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts.
More than 100 people were protesting outside a McDonald’s in south St. Louis at lunchtime Monday, the first in a series of wildcat strikes and walkouts that are planned to ripple across the region over the next two days.
The protests are part of a national campaign to push for higher wages for fast-food workers and are expected to hit dozens of stores between now and the end of the day Tuesday, culminating in a rally downtown in Kiener Plaza. The fast-food protests are being organized by local labor and church groups and are taking place in six other cities this week as well.
Workers are advocating for wages of up to $15 per hour, a hike to Missouri’s $7.35 per hour minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.
In an interview Monday morning, one of the strikers, 19-year-old Doneshia Babbitt, said she hopes the protests will draw attention to the challenges of making ends meet on jobs that pay less than $8 an hour with no benefits.
“I hope this helps people understand, I hope they get the picture,” said Babbitt, who’ll be a senior at Jennings High School in the fall, along with her 20-year-old sister, helps support three younger siblings on a job at McDonald’s. “A lot of people working these jobs really need the money.”
To add insult to injury along comes a Democrat who is quick to see that ‘no crisis so go to waste’, and steps in to offer his brilliant assessment of the situation.
Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from the Atlanta area, flew in to lend his support as well and said federal legislation is needed to reform an industry that profits handsomely off the backs of low-wage workers.
“It’s obscene,” he said, pointing to profits and executive pay at big fast-food companies. “And it’s not the kind of system that’s working for people.” (emphases mine)
Now I need to pause for a moment and let you digest this. Take your time, I know for some this can be difficult to grasp. The concept of minimum wages and how one gains work experience is hard for the ill-informed to get their heads around. Too many have been brainwashed into believing that everyone, regardless of ability, want, effort, knowledge, understanding, education, or work ethic should be treated exactly the same. There should be no difference between a highly paid skilled worker and an unskilled laborer. Both have a job so they both should earn equal pay.
I know that is overly simplistic but I really want to highlight my point here. Both the protestor and the Democrat operative haven’t a clue on how our economy works. The labor unions wise to corral more members so they incite a crowd by stirring up trouble. They point to differences and say HEY it is not fair, let us represent you so that you too can be treated fairly. Only to end up slaves to a union.
Not wishing to see a crisis go to wastes quick on the scene is a Democrat lawmaker promising that Washington DC will make all ills go away by passing yet another grievance bill in the name of fairness.
So far the actors in this drama are our usual suspects. Labor union thugs, their hired rent a mob, and democrat operatives. One unusual participant however is church groups. This article does not say who these church groups are but I have my suspicions. If I were to take a guess I would say that they represented a minority church led by a “black liberation theology preacher” in the likes of say a Rev Al Sharpton or Rev Jeremiah Wright.
By focusing the attention of the mob, hyped up by cries of unfairness, one big FACT is totally over-looked. In fact it is so in your face it is hard to miss but since these racketeers are masters at redirection and deception, the benefits of working for a particular ‘fast-food’ company is purposely diminished. And yet the Democrat lawmaker spelled it out quite nicely when he said:
“It’s obscene,” he said, pointing to profits and executive pay at big fast-food companies. “And it’s not the kind of system that’s working for people.”
Apparently executives at fast-food companies are paid very handsomely for their work. I wonder how many of them started out flipping burgers and frying potatoes for minimum wage? I am sure not all of these executives started their careers making handsome salaries. Apparently working for a fast-food company is working for someone because there are highly paid executives in the industry. If there was no UPWARD mobility or advancement opportunities available to them I would doubt if they would have remained employed there.
Minimum wage jobs are not designed to make ends meet. They are designed to offer low-skilled, or unskilled labor an opportunity to learn a trade or business and advance to a better paying job or career path. They are not intended to be a career choice but rather a career launching pad.
I do find it a bit amusing to find a Democrat hawking higher wages when they are the ones who continually push for the importation of low-skilled, low wage workers into the country by the millions.
Not everyone believes they ought to be paid huge salaries for doing very little. There are some and will continue to be those who seem to think that just by virtue of them being alive they are owed something. They seem to value themselves quite handsomely and place a high dollar value on what they feel their contribution to society is. Just don’t ask them to actually work for anything.
Note to the strikers. If you really want to have a better paying job, then may I suggest you do a better job of being the best employee at your work place and make yourself indispensable to the organization. Learn all you can, do all you can do, become the best you can be at whatever job you are doing.
Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
And that is the way I see it. What say you?
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